KLA Careers

Sr Software Engineer - Project Lead ( Embedded Software/Firmware Development | Embedded Image Processing )

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


The Global Service Support Organization (GSS) team headquartered in Milpitas, CA is our service organization that consists of Service Sales and Marketing, Spares Supply Chain management, Field Operations, Product Training, and Technical Support.  The GSS organization partners with our field teams and customers in all business sectors to maintain the high performance and productivity of our products through a flexible portfolio of services. Our comprehensive services include: proactive management of tools to identify and improve performance; expertise in optics, image processing and motion control with worldwide service engineers, 24/7 technical support teams and knowledge management systems; and an extensive parts network to ensure worldwide availability of parts.


 ** This p osition is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan **

Work with system/mechanical/electrical engineers to define software design requirements and develop software or embedded firmware solutions to support development of electronics subsystem, board level design, participate electronics subsystem integration and system-level testing


Highly motivated self-driven individual who has strong programming skill and troubleshooting, debugging skill with thorough knowledge in machine control and multi-threaded programming environment.

Software application or device layer programming

Use latest technologies such as VM or container to replace legacy computer system software

Product line sustaining designs including obsolescence parts, board or sub-system replacement, develop new feature to improve existing products continuously

Interact with manufacturing, service teams to support a smooth product transition into manufacturing and the field



MS in Computer Science or equivalent

Virtual machine or distributed container development knowledge

Embedded image processing or data conversion

Sufficient software structure and coding knowledge of SPARC or VxWORKS, C, C++, RTOS, Linux

Solid team player and design project lead

Understand image processing and algorithms or MATLAB is a plus

Be able to work in a multi-discipline and multi-culture global organization

Strong technical project management skills

Be flexible and adaptive to adjust project focus based on changes of business priority dynamics

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) OR Master's Level Degree with at least 2 years of experience.

OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 3 years of experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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